Data cleaning is a valuable process that helps institutions to save time and increase efficiency. Inaccurate data, if not cleansed can easily compromise databases.
The National Tuberculosis Leprosy and Lung Disease Program (NTLD-P) is using modern technologies to help fight TB in Kenya. Through TIBU system, NTLD-P has digitized sustainable lung health reporting and routine surveillance. The system which stores data online is accessible via the internet and is used by over 350 county and sub-county co-ordinators in the country.
With TIBU, NTLD-P has been able to digitize TB and drug-resistant TB Registers, Isoniazid Preventive Therapy registers, Geographic Information System reports and TB Heat Maps, Leprosy Registers, supervision checklist, Expense sheets as well as Payment Requests. Whereas the system has eased the coordination and management of TB, getting all this data to work in a seamless fashion has proved to be challenging.
While TIBU cannot solve all our TB data issues, NTLD-P has taken a bold step of cleaning TB data on a quarterly basis so as to ensure that all TB patients are provided with top quality healthcare.
According to Dr, Evelyn Kimani, Kiambu County TB, and Leprosy Coordinator, it is prudent for the program to identify and correct inaccurate data in the system in order to have a true reflection of TB burden in counties.
“We need to regularly clean our data and maintain consistent and accurate patient and commodity database,” she says. “If the data is rogue, corrupt or full of inconsistencies, then we will fail our patients. We shouldn’t blame data at all but clean on a regular basis.” She adds.
The NTLD-P is carrying out quarterly data validation process to save lives and ease its management of TB in Kenya. The process which started today is organized in clusters and will cover all the 47 counties. This week, county and sub-county TB and Leprosy coordinators, pharmacists and lab technologists from Kiambu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Siaya, Kisii, Tharaka Nthi, Kitu, Baringo, Meru, Tana River, Turkana, Nakuru, and Nandi are undertaking the exercise.